Families File Class Action Suit

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Two families who lost loved ones in separate terror attacks have filed a class action suit against Fatah chief Marwan Barghouti and seven other convicted terrorists.

Barghouti, former secretary general of the Palestinian Authority's (PA) Fatah movement, is serving five consecutive life sentences, plus 40 years for the murder of five Israelis.

Fourteen members of Ronen Landau and Yoella Cohen families are named as plaintiffs in the suit.

Terrorists carrying out a shooting attack directed by Barghouti killed Cohen at a Jerusalem bus stop.

The suit states that Barghouti planned, facilitated and personally ordered Tanzim terrorists to target Israelis and was carrying out the policies of the late Yasser Arafat, founder of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

Meanwhile, an article in al-Bayan, a United Arab Emirates daily, stated that Israel agreed to release Barghouti and 300 other Palestinian prisoners in exchange for IDF Corporal Gilad Shalit.

Shalit was kidnapped on June 25, 2008, near the Kerem Shalom crossing with the Gaza Strip.

According to al-Bayan, Israel is also considering releasing Ahmad Saadat, secretary general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, serving time for his part in the murder of Rehavam Ze'evi.

Hamas negotiators were emboldened by Israel's release of Samir Kuntar, who spent 30 years in prison for the murder of four Israelis, including a four-year-old girl.

Sources: YNet news, Haaretz

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